October 18, 2021

Van Hollen Announces over $17 Million in Direct Investments for Prince George’s and Montgomery County Projects Included in Key Committee Legislation

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced the inclusion of over $17 million in direct federal funding for local projects across Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties within the Committee’s proposed annual funding legislation. The projects encompass a wide array of local and regional priorities, ranging from infrastructure improvements to economic development to supporting local schools and universities. Overall, Senator Van Hollen included over $62 million in federal dollars directly for Maryland within the Committee’s proposed legislation. A full list of the funds included by Senator Van Hollen in the legislation is available here. This legislation, released by the Committee as part of the annual Congressional Appropriations process, will proceed to consideration before the full Senate.

“Securing federal investments for key local projects that support our communities is one of my top priorities. These initiatives will impact the everyday lives of countless Marylanders by creating new job opportunities, modernizing our infrastructure, and supporting new education and workforce training programs. I was proud to fight for these investments to support Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties, and I will keep working to get this funding over the finish line in Congress,” said Senator Van Hollen.

The funding announced by Senator Van Hollen includes:

  • Over $7.3 million in funding for infrastructure projects, including the Bethesda Metro South entrance, Route 218 Suitland Road Improvements, Reconstruction of MD 97 at Montgomery Hills, the City of Bowie’s Pipe Replacement Project, and the Hyattsville Ward 1 Stormwater Project
  • Over $3.6 million in funding for economic development and workforce training initiatives, including for The University of Maryland’s Economic Opportunity Center, UMBC-Shady Grove’s Biomanufacturing Center, small business development by the People for Change Coalition, and the World Arts Focus, Inc.’s CreativeWorks Job Training Program
  • Over $3.6 million in funding for educational initiatives, including Bowie State University’s Laboratory for Hydroponics Research, the renovation of the University of Maryland Baltimore School of Nursing Facility at the Universities at Shady Grove, an expansion of the Helping the Immigrant Youth of Maryland Succeed program led by Liberty’s Promise, and The Lourie Center Trauma-Informed Preschool
  • $2 million in funding to support community development through the renovation of the Kingdom Global Community Development Corporation’s Kingdom Cares Center
  • $200,000 in funding for environmental conservation to support the Anacostia Watershed Society Treating & Teaching Program
  • Over $295,000 in funding for public safety initiatives, including funds for the Hyattsville Evidence Lab and to provide the Laurel Police and City Government with new radios to respond to emergencies

More information on these requests and a full list of the Senator’s funded requests for the region is available here. Please email Destinee_Easton@vanhollen.senate.gov for more details on specific projects, to request a quote on a specific project, or to speak with the Senator regarding this funding.